Currently the NSSA operates nationally with eight regional conferences running contests throughout the year. The NSSA National competition season for all regional conferences runs from September through June ending with the NSSA National Championships held each June in California. Annually, the NSSA conducts over 80 surfing events nationwide which is organized into competition seasons in each of it's eight regional conferences. The competition seasons are as follows:
NSSA Open Season. The highest level of competition. Open to students only. Open Season age divisions are as follows: Mens (16&up), Juniors (13-15), Boys (12&under), Mini Groms (10&under), Womens (all ages), Longboard (all ages).
NSSA Explorer Season. An all around level of competition which provides advanced, intermediate, beginner as well as recreational and non student divisions. Explorer Season age divisions are as follows: Mens (all ages), Juniors (15-17), Boys (13-14), Menehuene (12&under), Masters (25-34), Seniors (35-44), Super Seniors (45&up), Womens (all ages), Longboard (all ages), Bodyboard (all ages).
NSSA Middle School, High School and College Team Seasons. Organized team events for Middle School, High School and College teams.
NSSA JR Program. A novice competitive surfing and bodyboarding program. The NSSA JR Program's purpose is to teach and improve competitive surfing and bodyboarding skills to student surfers grades 6-11 and to prepare it's members for competition in the NSSA Open and Explorer program.